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Richard Ellsworth "Dick" Roulette

Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home



Beloved father, son, and brother, Dick Roulette, passed away on November 8, 2021. Richard Ellsworth Roulette ("Dick"), born in Hagerstown, Maryland, was the son of Lois E. Roulette of Hagerstown and the late Robert E. Roulette. 

Dick grew up in Washington County, attending local schools as an excellent student-athlete. In high school, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Boy Scout Troop 10. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1971, after which he earned his Master's of Education from Seton Hall University. Dick also served in the Army Reserves for six years during that time. 
Dick then taught school locally at Lincolnshire and E. Russel Hicks and served as President of the Washington County Teacher’s Association. During his lifetime, he worked at several restaurants - he co-owned Oliver's Restaurant and the Grille at Park Circle, and managed the Grille at Runways. He was elected to the Washington County Board of Commissioners, and served as President, Vice President, and Commissioner.

Dick loved golf and was known for the many championships that he won in the area and beyond. At Fountainhead Country Club, he was the longest tenured winner from 1981 to 2007, winning six titles. He was club champion at Beaver Creek Country Club five times. In 1989, he was instrumental in the opening of Black Rock Golf Course. In recent years, he also played at Waynesboro Country Club. In 2020, he was inducted to the Washington County Golf Hall of Fame. Dick made countless golfing friends throughout his life that meant so much to him.
Besides his mother, Lois E. Roulette, he is survived by his wife, Wendi Roulette, one cherished daughter, Madilyn Roulette, and his sister, Mary Roulette Flowers. 

The family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Services will be held privately with the family.
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Guest Book

Dear Mrs. Roulette and Mary, My sister just informed me of your loss with the passing of Dick earlier this month. I was very saddened to learn of this as always hard to lose a child and brother at this stage of your lives. My sister and I remember all of the family gatherings throughout our lives; the golf with Dick and Mrs. Roulette and the lovely wedding at your family home. I know our Mom and Dad our sending their blessings from heaven as Dad always liked talking to Dick about golf, etc. Mary- still remember fondly my trip to visit you in Japan.... would be difficult now to get back in that kimono and attempt to walk. Sure hope you are staying healthy with your family Mark and same for your Mom. I got married in July 2020 to my 8 yr fiancee and we loved from Southern California to Florida in August, 2020. Great place for golf yet we are both still working. Again, heartfelt prayers to both of you! Warm regards, Linda Strine

Linda Strine
Orlando, Florida

Mrs. Roulette and Mary, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Dick. You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Condolences and hugs. Love, Nancy

Nancy Strine
Shepherdstown , WV

We send you our deepest sympathy at Dick's passing. Sincerely, Jay and Alice Roulette

Jay Roulette
Elkridge, MD

I am so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. I just heard or I would have been there today.

Paula Hoffman
Frederick, MD

I have known Dick since our days in Sunday School at Zion Evangelical Church - Dick was a good friend of mine and he will be missed very much - a great guy and a great conversationalist - over the years Dick was a real asset and made a lot of contributions to the community - rest in peace.

Robert B Garver
Hagerstown, MD

Mary and Lois, our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family at this sad time. Dick will be missed. Love, Teresa and Mike

Teresa and Mike Tritsch
Hagerstown , MD

I am so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Seems like just yesterday we were those careless teens in high school having a ball. I have been fortunate throughout the years to see Dick and we could catch up on our lives. He was always smiling! He will truly be missed. Prayers to his family!

Pam Glesner-Jordan
Williamsport, MD

We admire Dick’s achievements in education, politically and community endeavors. I have such fond memories of competing with Dick over golf and sharing many wonderful social events. Carol and I send our prayers to the family. Don Van Reenan

Donald Van Reenan
Berlin, Md

Dick was one of best friends in High School classes and football. My younger brothers were good friends with Dick through golf. After college, I moved to Frederick to have a shorter commute to the DC area for work. Just that short distance is enough to loose contact with friends and this is also true for all the other HS friends. I know Dick is doing what he loves best in Heaven!

Den Steiner
Frederick, MD

I;m so sorry for your loss, Mr.Roulette taught myself and two brothers at E. Russell Hicks, He was a great teacher. He would make going to class fun....My deepest sympathy, to the family.

kay call
wiliiamsport, MD

So sorry to learn of Dick’s recent death. I am sure it is not easy to deal with the death of one of your children. May God bless you and give you peace. Much Love and Blessings Sandra Ridenour

Sandra Ridenour
Pawleys Island, South Carolina

I am deeply saddened. Dick and I spent a lot of great times together. Lois (you were always Mrs Roulette to us) and Mary you were always like family to me and my heart aches for you. Garry Shelton

Garry Shelton
Dayton, NV

Lois and Mary, My condolences to you and your families. I hope that your fond memories of Dick soon ease your grief. Mom always enjoyed her visits with Dick at the Park Circle many years ago. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Susie

Susie Zook Ajello
Houston , Texas

Please accept my deepest condolences. Dick had so many accomplishments. He will be missed. With sympathy, Tina

Tina Angle
Hagerstown, Maryland

I heard the sad news about Mr. Roulette on Facebook while on a trip in Costa Rica. I cannot express enough how Mr. Roulette, who was my teacher at Lincolnshire, completely turned my life around and put me on the straight and narrow path. Certainly, there would be some turns but without Mr. Roulette's influence on a kid growing in the section 8 housing in Halfway Manor, I know I sure would not be celebrating with my children in a place as beautiful as Costa Rica today. My father was mentally ill, my mother was trying to make it working in a world when women were barely working, and the positive role model of Mr. Roulette was the difference I needed in my world. i am sure his family knows far better than me what a great man he was. I am deeply saddened by the passing of a great man who lived a life that I am sure was Pura Vida, as they say here in Costa Rica. Fly well on your wings Mr. Roulette Jeff

jeff skinner

Fly high Dick. You will be missed by many. Condolences to your family. For their loss. RIP

Rosa Lee Willis
Hagerstown , MD

What a wonderful, compassionate man who was always kind. My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Family.

Sharon Ruth
Hagerstown , Maryland

Dear Lois and Family, Kay and I wish to express condolences for your loss. As you know I'm avid golfer and had the privilege of playing with Dick on a number of occasions. He was always the A player and I was the D but, he always treated me as an equal. A true gentleman and great guy to be with. It was a honor to know him. With love, Gene and Kay Ogilvie

My sincerest condolences to Dick's family. We were classmates at South High and friends later. I always thought of him as "Dickie", but that probably wasn't appropriate as an adult with all that he accomplished. Born 3 days before me, it just isn't right that we've lost him so early. Play through, Dick. ⛳

Cheryl Kelley Jacobs
Berlin, MD

Dear Lois and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. He was a very nice person that I had the privilege of knowing. I enjoyed his restaurants and he always made time to stop and talk with Bud and I. He was a great help to many in Washington County as he served as a County Commissioners. My sympathy to you and his family. Mary Dahbura

Mary Dahbura

Mr Roulette was an awesome teacher, he left an impression on me. Outside of school as I got older he still remember me and was always eager to talk. You were one of the great ones and will be missed

Jennifer Galipo
Charles Town , WV

Dick, you were quit the guy. Always enjoyed your upbeat attitude and your winning spirit.

Mark and Dawn Stiner
Greencastle, PA

Must be keeping his tee time somewhere. See you pal, play on.

Dan Anderson
Shepherdstown , WV

So sry of hearing of Dick’s passing may he RIP.

Doug and Shirley Stine
Hagerstown , Maryland

Saddened to hear about Mr Roulette’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family.

Michael Durazzo
Tinton Falls, NJ

We are very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He spent a lot of his life in service to his community and was a wonderful person! We loved talking to him when we ate at the Grille at Park Circle. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family. Skip and Cindy Kauffman

Skips down Cindy Kauffman
Boonsboro , MD

To the Roulette Family: Dick's passing is a such a tragic loss to our community as well as a personal loss to you. He accomplished so much to make our community a better place to live. I remember playing football against him in high school. Tremendous fullback, if I remember correctly. He will be sorely missed by so many of us. I extend to you my most heartfelt condolences at this sad time. Sincerely, Kirk Grooms

W Kirk Grooms
Hagerstown, MD

Dear Lois, Wendi, Madilyn, and Mary, Mom and I are sending our sincerest condolences on the passing of Dick. We both have the fondest memories of visiting with him at the home on Poffenberger Road, throughout his years at South High and his teaching years, and finally at the various restaurants in Hagerstown. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Love, Betsy and Beth

Beth Roulette Baseler and Betsy Roulette
Union Bridge, MD

Lois, Mary and family, my sincerest condolences in the loss of Dick. He always had a smile when I would see him, knowing our friendship was sincere. Your memory and heart will always have to great times./

Marty (Seacrist) Gouff
Hagerstown, Maryland

Great Friend and Golf Buddy whom we’ll miss dearly - Our condolences to the Family - Rest In Peace.

Donovan & Laura Bachtell
Pinehurst, North Carolina

Sending deepest sympathy to Mary and Lois during this difficult time. Dick had so many friends who loved him dearly. I had a lot of good times and fond memories of Dick he will be missed Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Patricia Delaughtet
Washington , DC

Dick and I have been life long friends since ,Jr High School, we played sports with each other and against each other, no matter the time span of not seeing each other it was if it was yesterday when we would meet up.. My prayers and condolences to his family and his friends he will be missed. Godspeed My Friend Rest In Peace Tim

Tim Middlekauff
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

HAGERSTOWN, Washington County

My sincere condolences to the Roulette family. I competed against Dick in high school athletics in a friendly rivalry. It was always great seeing him when visiting Hagerstown, trading old stories of our younger days. I will miss him. RIP old friend.

John Bentz
Louisville, OH

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